SSSI VIC News - October 2019

September 30, 2019

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Victoria as of October 2019.


Chair Report

Victoria Region 

During August, I had the pleasure of attending the South East Asian Surveying Congress in Darwin. It was a great event with many opportunities to share, learn and collaborate with our colleagues from the Asia-Pacific Regions as well as other states of Australia. The Young Professionals Day as part of this congress was a great success and provided an in-depth exploration of the what, how and why of the importance of YPs to the future of our industry globally and in Australia.
Our Annual Summit was held on 30th August, with the APSEA-Vic Awards being held the evening prior. Congratulations to all the individual and industry award winners, we wish them well for the Oceanic APSEAs at Locate20 in Brisbane next April. The post summit survey was very complimentary to the event and has provided some very positive feedback, which we look forward to building on for next year.
During last month, I was invited to the ACSV Annual Meeting Dinner as Victorian Region Chair. Kurt Fearnley was a very inspiring guest speaker and Leo Bateman was installed as President.
On 16 September Mary Rabling and I were invited to address the Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria. We spoke about the role of SSSI and PTA mentoring. Interest was also shown in the fact that we have relatively more female members than other surveying bodies. This is the first time this opportunity has occurred and is part of an initiative for the SRBV to have more involvement with business associations and professional bodies through regular catch ups. We also welcomed SRBV Member Peter Sullivan to our September Meeting who spoke about a number of initiatives from the Board. A new SRBV will commence on 1st November.
As part of an MOU that SSSI has with Orienteering Australia, we undertake to provide a presentation at the Australian Orienteering Championship each year to 12-18 year olds who are competing as part of the Australian Schools Championships. This year they are being held at Beechworth during October 4-6 and we thank Rob Steel who delivered a joint Surveying Taskforce/ Destination Spatial presentation to them on careers in the Surveying and Geospatial Sciences.
The National Surveyors Discussion Forum continues and last week a Teleconference was held between representatives from SSSI, ISNSW and ISV. This is significant for Victoria as there is a desire from these professional bodies to recognise and support SSSI as the National Professional Body and encourage Locate as the premier National Conference.
Please make a note and support our forthcoming events including a Women in Spatial/Georabble event on October 17 and Professional Development Event on October 24. There is a breakfast event on World GIS Day on November 13, a PTA Twilight Seminar on November 20 and mark the date now for our end of year function on December 3 in conjunction with a seminar.

The Victorian Regional committee will be holding its Annual Planning Day on Saturday November 16 to develop an intensive program of events for 2020. We welcome suggestions and input from members as we look to engage further with our Young Professionals and seek to develop more events in Regional Victoria.
Recent times have been one of consolidation and in my experience, I believe that we now have one of the more outstanding and committed committees that I have experienced, who are dedicated to providing services to our members. I thank the committee for their assistance and our Regional Operations Manager Su Ling for her valuable support.
Whilst there are a number of groups operating in the surveying and geospatial sciences domain, SSSI is the only body with the structure and democratic mandate that satisfy the governance requirements of a National Professional Body representing Surveying and Geospatial Science Professionals in Australia
This is my last report as Victorian Region Chair as I pass it over to the very capable hands of Andrej Mocicka who has had an extensive involvement in committee matters. The Victorian Region is in good hands.

Lindsay Perry                      
Victoria Regional Chair


Member Highlights

CSV Peter Tyrrell Award 2019 - Lindsay Perry

Lindsay Perry has been a sole practitioner consultant surveyor for in excess of 30 years. Over this period he has not only met the requirements of his clients but also provided tremendous input back into his chosen profession. Through his various roles whether it be as a consulting surveyor, President of ISV, Chairman of ACSV, Chair of the Victorian Land Surveying Commission of SSSI, National Chair of the SSSI Land Surveying Commission, secretary of the Matthew Flinders Society of Australia or a member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association, Lindsay has been an advocate of the role and standing of surveying and the spatial sciences. His contribution to Continuing Professional Development within SSSI in Victoria has been very significant over the past decade.

A key part of Lindsay’s success in running his practice can in no doubt be attributed to his broad interaction with allied professions including planners and lawyers. Coupled with this is his tremendous commitment to continuing professional development where he has been the guiding hand for SSSI’s Victorian Land Surveying commission CPD program for the past decade. Most importantly Lindsay has also been a great advocate for the profession through his interest in the historical settlement of Australia where he has given many presentations on the work of Matthew Flinders and Robert Hoddle. A highlight of these being at the very successful “Mapping Our World” exhibition held at the National Library in 2013-14.  He also has been instrumental over the past years in ensuring the profession responds to new legislative proposals which impact the work of the profession.

Lindsay has been an active participant in the profession since becoming a member of Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV) in 1980. He was a founding member of SSI and continued his membership to SSSI. His commitment to the advancement of the profession is shown through his continuous service to the profession on various committees and in a range of positions since that time.

These positions include:

  • President, Institution of Surveyors Victoria - 1998
  • Chairman, Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria – 1993/4.
  • Chair of the Victorian SSSI Land Surveying Commission since 2005
  • Victorian Representative on National Land Surveying Commission, where he is the current Chair

Lindsay’s other initiatives include:

  • starting up the Heritage special interest group in Victoria several years ago
  • instigating of the SSSI's Excellence in Surveying by a Cadastral Surveyor Award
  • encouraging SSSI’s involvement in the Victorian Surveying Task Force

Lindsay was a member of the ACSV Executive from 1990 to 1997, being the Chairman for the 1993-94 association year. Lindsay has continued to support the association by providing the legislative and planning updates to the CSV newsletter, which he has now done for over 25 years. His keen interest in development and planning in Victoria and his willingness to provide information to his colleagues is unsurpassed.

In undertaking all these roles over thirty year plus years, Lindsay has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the advancement of the profession.

As outlined in other components of this citation, Lindsay’s contribution to professional development as both an organiser of events and presenter has been very significant over a long period of time. This commitment was demonstrated as a member of ISV and member firm of CSV and has continued through SSSI. Since the formation of SSSI in his role as Chair of the Land Surveying Commission for Victoria, Lindsay has been instrumental in the development and subsequent implementation of the Victorian SSSI annual CPD program.

Lindsay is held in high regard by his peers because of his level of dedication to the profession and the manner in which he encourages the younger members of the profession to become engaged particularly through an active and relevant CPD program in which he has played a key role for many years.  This leadership by example has been recognized in the awarding to Lindsay of a Fellowship of the Institution of Surveyors Victoria and also by SSSI through Lindsay receiving the Victorian Regional President’s Award in 2007, as well as the Victorian APSEA Professional of the Year in 2014.

Lindsay Perry has clearly demonstrated a long and outstanding contribution to the Victorian and Australian surveying profession and is a worthy recipient of the 2019 Peter Tyrrell Award.

Congratulations Lindsay! 


SSSI Victoria is proud to have the following members join SSSI from September 2019:

  1. Aathavan Thiagaraja - Member - Enginerring & Mining Survey
  2. Chris Whelan - Member - Engineering & Mining Survey
  3. Peter Shields - Member - Spatial Information & Cartography
We hope to meet you at the professional development and networking events throughout the year. 


Events Coming Up 


Monday 21 October 2019 | 12:00 PM -1:00 PM (AEST) - Webinar 3: Australian Terrestrial Reference Frame

Thusday 24 October 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - SSSI Women in Spatial Professional Development Seminar with Helli Kotasek and BeyondBlue speaker, Erin Davidson

Helli Kotasek, Digital Transformation Director at RPS, who spoke at the recent breakfast seminar, will be speaking on "Establishing Your Strategic Presence". Come and hear Helli' practical tips on how to progress your career from a technical operator to a stratgic geospatial leader. 

Erin Davidson, is a volunteer speaker with Beyond Blue and hopes to raise awareness about anxiety and depression

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - GIS Day 2019 Breakfast with Don Murray. Limited seats! Register soon to secure your seat.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 - PTA Twilight Training Event (2). For the second 2-hour training session this year, the Surveying Task Force has arranged an opportunity to focus on Reserves and Revenge Strips and MCC alignments. Registrations close COB 15 November. 

Thursday 28 November 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Webinar 4: Upgrades to Australian Geospatial Reference System 


Congratulations to the Industry and Individual winners of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards Victoria 2019! 

APSEA Victoria 2019 Photos

APSEA Victoria 2019 Industry Nominees


(L-R) SIBA | GITA Award for People and Community winner: DELWP and Spatial Vision for Vicmap ViewerSIBA | GITA Award for Technical Excellence winner: DELWP, University of Melbourne and FrontierSI for DynAdjust.


SIBA | GITA Award for Innovation and Commercialisation winner: DELWP and Melbourne Water for Greater Melbourne LiDAR Project SIBA | GITA Award for Spatial Enablement winner: DELWP with EPA Victoria, GHD, Lotsearch, Spatial Vision, Data Agility and ThinkPlace for Victoria Unearthed.


SIBA | GITA Award for Environment and Sustainability winner: Spatial Vision for Embedding Climate Change into Agriculture (ECAiA) - North East Catchment Management Authority. SIBA | GITA Award for Export winner: GCS-Saudi Arabia, Spatial Vision and FrontierSI for Strategy for the development of  competitive environment for the provision of survey and geospatial data, products and services for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 


SSSI Professional of the Year 2019: Craig Sandy. SSSI Young Professional of the Year joint-winner: award received on behalf of Frazer Wilson.


SSSI Young Professional of the Year Award joint winner: award received on behalf of David Kelly. SSSI Women's Leadership joint-winners share a photo: Kate Williams and Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez.


SSSI Women's Leadership Award winners: Eva Rodriguez Rodriguez and Kate Williams


SSSI Educational Development Award: Prof Stephan Winter. SSSI Postgraduate Student Award: Liujun Zhu


SSSI Undergraduate Student Award: Andrew Campbell. SSSI Sustained Excellence in Cadastral Surveying: Michael Wilson.

Surveying and Spatial Conference 2019

Thank you to our speakers and sponsors who made the Surveying and Spatial Conference possible.

Click here to view the photos of the day, starting from the Women in Spatial breakfast event, followed by a full day of diverse and interesting topics and panel discussions for both Surveying and Spatial professionals. 


(1) DELWP: An exciting opportunity exists to become involved in a project of State and National significance.

Senior GIS Officer (Great Ocean Road)
Surveyor-General Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Applications Close: Midnight Sunday 13 October 2019

The Victorian government is looking to establish the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (the Authority) to help protect and enhance this iconic landscape.  A brief Fact Sheet and additional information is available by searching “Great Ocean Road Action Plan”.
The successful candidate will conduct a detailed review of public land reservations and information for all land within the proposed area affected by the Authority.  They will create and manage specific geo-databases and datasets and assist in the creation of publication quality maps suitable for government and external stakeholders.
Full details about this role are contained within the Position Description (PD).  View the Great Ocean Road Action Plan here. The role is also advertised in Career@Vic Gov and Contact details for enquiries are included in the attached PD.

(2) Aerometrex: Business Development Manager (Multiple opportunities across Australia) More information here.



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  • Infrastructure Contributions Plans(ICP) 
  • Geoscience Australia
  • Locate 2020 Brisbane


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